Mr. Dottie always jokes that it took a village to raise me. In truth, I have relocated several times in my adult life and find that I still need a village in order to function properly. All good and one of the reasons Alejandro Diaz’s latest show caught my attention. It Takes a Village is on view now at the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.
Mexican-American artist Alejandro Diaz was born in San Antonio. Hence, it is fitting that this exhibit in his hometown explores issues of Mexican identity in America. More specifically, he examines the idea of Mexican-American culture as a disposable commodity. Diaz’s signature style is to blend art with historical motifs, humor, and pop culture references. In this case, he uses cast-resin works like Muebles (furniture) to reference 1960s immigration and suggest cultures can be “easily moved or removed like a piece of furniture.” Similarly, he makes satirical comments on pop culture in general with acrylic paintings such as Facebook Likes (in the art world’s “favorite color,” blue), and a hand-woven tapestry, This Is Not a Calder.
Diaz continues to cleverly address serious issues with his use of multimedia, including found materials, paint, resin, cardboard, and neon. His work has been shown internationally in shows that include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Havana Biennial. The Linda Pace Foundation is free and open to the public. Definitely worth a jaunt to San Antonio!
Alejandro Diaz: It Takes a Village
On View Until September 12, 2015
111 Camp Street
San Antonio, Texas
Photos courtesy of the artist and Royale Projects. Photo by Mark Mejivar.